The collaborative efforts by various Police Units in Limpopo to put a halt on incidents related to stock theft across Limpopo, paid off recently with the arrest of four suspects and the recovery of 17 cattle.
These suspects aged between 41 and 55, were arrested during the ongoing operations as of last week by the Crime Intelligence, Stock Theft Unit, Task Team members and the K9 Unit along with Visible Policing Members.
In the Mahwelereng Cluster, members of Modimolle Stock Theft Unit, Mahwelereng Crime Intelligence and Mokopane Vispol members, conducted an operation between the R101 and N1 roads and the surrounding areas of Mokopane.
During the operation, members spotted a Nissan Navara double cab with a trailer along the R101 road. The vehicle was stopped and one suspect aged 55, was apprehended and another managed to evade arrest. The police managed to recover and confiscate seven cattle worth R52 000.
The preliminary Police investigations revealed that the cattle were stolen at Makgodu in the Moletjie area, Seshego Cluster.
Meanwhile, three suspects aged between 41 and 42, were nabbed along the N1 road next to Elim, in the Makhado Cluster during an intelligence joint operation. Members of the Stock theft Unit, the Crime Intelligence, and the K9 Unit followed up information about suspects selling cattle in the area.
The suspects were driving a truck when stopped outside Makhado. During the search, police discovered 10 cattle with an estimated value of R100 000 loaded at the back of the truck. The suspects were arrested after failing to give satisfactory explanations about the ownership of these cattle.
Abel Mokakatledi Maboa (54), was arrested in Mahwelereng and has briefly appeared in the Mokerong Magistrate’s court where he was denied bail.
Meanwhile, the three suspects arrested in Makhado, Selelo Stanford Maoto (40), Adzwinndini Nethonondoa (42) and Theunis Johannes Venter (37), have also made a brief appearance in the Makhado Magistrate’s Court. They were all denied bail and their case was postponed for bail application and for further police investigations.
All these suspects are facing charges of possession of suspected stolen live stock.
The yet to be identified cattle have been impounded at the Mokopane SPCA. Members of the community who might have lost their cattle, are advised to visit the SPCA, and should be in possession of the right documents that comprised of the brand marking of these cattle.